Prodromou given chief engineer role as he starts at McLaren

Former Red Bull head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou officially started work at McLaren today, in the role of chief engineer.

The 45-year-old Prodromou previously worked for McLaren between 1991 and 2006, latterly as chief aerodynamicist. The timing of his arrival will allow him to still play a major role in the development of the 2015 Honda car.

“It’s fantastic to return to McLaren, and to see a mixture of faces old and new,” he said. “Of course, I have first-hand experience of just what a passionate, focused and capable race team exists within these walls, and I’ve already seen the enthusiasm and positivity that exists to return McLaren to world championship-winning glory.”

Racing director Eric Boullier added: “He joins us at an auspicious time; we’ve spent much of 2014 working to develop and organise our design department, and his arrival neatly coincides with the conclusion of that restructuring.

“Peter has proved beyond doubt that he’s one of the most capable and intelligent engineers in Formula 1, and everyone at McLaren is looking forward to the contribution he’ll make as we push ahead with our ambitious plans for the future.”

Elaborating on the job title, McLaren COO Jonathan Neale said: “His position as chief engineer will enable him to play to his considerable strengths as a top-flight aerodynamicist and an engineer, and I’m sure he’ll dovetail seamlessly with his fellow engineers.”

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